‘Vik­ings’ man pros­e­cuted for hav­ing a knife


Bray People - - NEWS -

A FILM set de­signer who was work­ing on ‘ The Vik­ings’ was pros­e­cuted af­ter a Garda found a kitchen knife in the glove box of his car.

How­ever, Judge David Kennedy was sat­is­fied in Bray District Court last week that Patrick Gray (29), of 7 Hazel­wood, Bray, had the item for work pur­poses only, and the charge was dis­missed.

Garda Ger­ard Car­mody gave ev­i­dence that he stopped the de­fen­dant while he was driv­ing at Far­rankelly Road in Grey­stones on Septem­ber 12, afer he made a turn with­out us­ing his in­di­ca­tor. He sub­se­quently found the kitchen knife in his glove com­part­ment.

Mr Gray told the Court that he uses the knife for work. He was work­ing at Lu­galla at the time on ‘ The Vik­ings’. A col­league had an ac­ci­dent and had to be driven to hospi­tal. ‘I was in a rush,’ he ex­plained, adding that such a knife would be used to cut rope.

‘It is good for cut­ting ropes, trust me,’ he said, when pressed in cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by In­spec­tor Tom Fin­nerty.

Props mas­ter Mark Dowd, who was the in­jured per­son brought to hospi­tal that day, said that it was no sur­prise that such a ser­rated knife would be used. ‘It’s stan­dard kit,’ he said.

Judge David Kennedy ac­cepted what Mr. Gray said and dis­missed the charge.

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